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Book review on The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

Synopsis:

“A story about a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love–think Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine meets Love, Actually

“Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?” This is the question that Julian Jessop, an eccentric, seventy-nine-year-old artist, poses within a pale green exercise book that he labels The Authenticity Project, before leaving it behind in Monica’s Café. When Monica discovers Julian’s abandoned notebook, not only does she add her own story to the book, she is determined to find a way to help Julian feel less lonely. 

And so it goes with the others who find the green notebook that will soon contain their deepest selves. It will also knit the group together In Real Life at Monica’s Cafe, where they’ll discover the thrill and sometime-risk of being completely honest–and, for some, find unexpected love. 

With a cast of characters who are by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life, The Authenticity Project is a novel readers will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure.

My rating: 5/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, the book cover is utterly beautiful and cute. The colours are so vibrant and a cute illustration of Monica’s Cafe! It was easier to imagine how it looked like with the cover’s illustration!

Secondly, I can’t describe how much I love this book. I loved reading it so much! This book is just full of life with it being filled with happiness, humour, pain, suffering and just so many emotions! The humour in this book managed to made me laugh a lot of times! Such a beautifully written book.

Thirdly, each characters has a dissimilar personality and they showed good representation of how people are in societies. Each person goes through their obstacles in life differently. The Authenticity Project teaches us to be authentic in order to be happy for ourselves.

Lastly, the plot was amazing. Even though, there were no distinct things happening but, reading about the lives of the characters as they grow to be grateful and not ashamed of how they actually live their lives was amazing.

Overall, it was a beautiful and an amazing read! I highly recommend it, to people who loves to read contemporary and life lessons books!

Thank you so much Times Reads, for sending me this book for review! 

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on The Year After You by Nina De Pass

Synopsis:

San Francisco. New Year’s Eve. A tragic accident after the party of the year. Cara survives. Her best friend, G, doesn’t.

Nine months later, Cara is still struggling, consumed by guilt and grief. In the hopes of giving Cara a fresh start, her mother sends her to boarding school in Switzerland, a place where no one knows what happened–and where they never will, if Cara can help it.

But her new classmates Ren and Hector won’t let her close herself off. They are determined to break down the walls she has so carefully built up. And maybe Cara wants them to . . . especially Hector, who seems to understand her like no one else does.

The problem is that the closer Cara gets to Hector, the more G slips away. If moving on means letting go of the past–and admitting what she did that night–Cara’s not sure she can.

She’s not sure she deserves a second chance.

My rating: 4/5

Review:

In my opinion, the book cover has to be one of the most creative covers our there. I think the illustration is beautiful. The illustration also made me easier to imagine the character while I was reading it!

This book was a beautifully written contemporary genre. It was a slow paced but absorbing read that shows a lot about grief, friendship and recovery.

It writes about what losing someone may cause an individual’s mental illness to be affected. On how the main character, Cara, had to live and accept that her best friend is gone. There was also written about the importance on being there to the people you love if they are suffering from mental illness in order to protect them.

Thank you so much Times Reads, for sending me this book for review! 

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce

Synopsis:

You Let Me In delivers a stunning tale from debut author Camilla Bruce, combining the sinister domestic atmosphere of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects with the otherwordly thrills of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Cassandra Tipp is dead…or is she?

After all, the notorious recluse and eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy–everyone in town remembers the shocking events leading up to Cassie’s infamous trial (she may have been acquitted, but the insanity defense only stretches so far).

Cassandra Tipp has left behind no body–just her massive fortune, and one final manuscript.

Then again, there are enough bodies in her past–her husband Tommy Tipp, whose mysterious disembowelment has never been solved, and a few years later, the shocking murder-suicide of her father and brother.

Cassandra Tipp will tell you a story–but it will come with a terrible price. What really happened, out there in the woods–and who has Cassie been protecting all along? Read on, if you dare…

My rating: 4/5

Review:

In my opinion, the cover is so different with the illustrations being upside down. The illustration is also stunning at the same time. It does give away that the book will be different.

The writing was captivating as I just kept wanting to know what will happen in the end. I enjoyed reading this book a lot as it was a fast paced and a short read.

There is also an element of fantasy in this book, that I was not expecting. I only expected it to be a mystery genre but it is actually a mix of both. It was overall a very strange but an interesting story.

This book was such a dark fairytale read with mythical creatures in it. You will get entertained reading it as the book is set in two worlds!

Thank you so much Times Reads, for sending me this book for review! 

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on Pretty Funny by Rebecca Elliott

Synopsis:

Does anyone ever really want to ‘fall’ in love? Knowing me I’ll just trip over it and graze my knee on the gravel of humiliation.

Haylah Swinton is fairly confident she’s brilliant at being a girl. She’s an ace best friend, a loving daughter, and an INCREDIBLY patient sister to her four-year-old total nutter of a brother, Noah. But she has a secret. She wants to be a stand-up comedian, but she’s pretty sure girls like her – big girls, girls who don’t get all the boys, girls who a lot of people don’t see – don’t belong on stage.

That hasn’t stopped her dreaming though, and when the seemingly perfect opportunity to write routines for older, cooler, impossibly funny Leo arises… well, what’s a girl to do? But is Leo quite an interested in helping Haylah as he says he is? Will Haylah ever find the courage to step into the spotlight herself? And when oh when will people stop telling her she’s ‘funny for a girl’?!

Rating: 4/5

My review:

In my opinion, the book cover is absolutely gorgeous. Other than it being pink which is my favourite colour, I also like the illustration. It is stunning!

This book is utterly unique. I often read books that consists comedy but never have I ever read about a comedian! It is truly one of the most distinctive books out there. Moreover, I found that the humour in this book was original and entertaining.

The main character Haylah (known as Pig) wants to be a stand-up comedian. Sadly, she didn’t quite have the courage yet to tell people about it. However, through time she believes in herself and her capabilities. Her character had a very good character development.

Thank you so much Times Reads, for sending me this book for review! 

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on Marian Keyes by Grown Ups

Synopsis:

They’re a glamorous family, the Caseys.

Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together – birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they’re a happy family. Johnny’s wife, Jessie – who has the most money – insists on it.

Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much . . .

Everything stays under control until Ed’s wife Cara, gets concussion and can’t keep her thoughts to herself. One careless remark at Johnny’s birthday party, with the entire family present, starts Cara spilling out all their secrets.

In the subsequent unravelling, every one of the adults finds themselves wondering if it’s time – finally – to grow up?

My rating: 4/5

Review:

In my opinion, the cover is so simple yet it shows that this book has more meaning to it. Once you have read the story, you will understand the meaning of the cover. Which is about being an adult and it can be tiring somtimes.

I felt that this book was not in anyway a fast paced read but it was nevertheless a good read. It talked about so many issues such as eating disorders, self-esteem and many more. Even with the heavy issues written the author managed to write a book that can make you laugh.

The characters in here are all so relatable and was my favourite part for it. I felt as if the characters were alive as their personality are so understandable. Lastly, this book taught me that being a grown up there are so many issues that we have to deal with but, there are just part of life.

Thank you so much Times Reads, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on Throne of Swans by Katherine & Elizabeth Corr

Synopsis:

In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly…

When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors. 

With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known and for the land she has vowed to protect.

Written in rich detail and evocative language, this is the start of an irresistible, soaring duology about courage, broken loyalties and fighting for your place in the world.

My rating: 4.5/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, look at how gorgeous is the book cover! It is so beautiful and unique! I absolutely love the cover!

Secondly, this book is one of the fastest fantasy book I have read! I’ve finished reading it within a day! It was such a fast paced read and I couldn’t put it down! I just wanted to know what the ending would be and I need the sequel now!

Thirdly, the main idea of this book on the nobles being able to shapeshift into birds and types of birds following their family is such a unique idea! Throne of Swans is utterly one of my favorite books now!

Fourthly, this book showed us the importance of trust. In this world, not everyone has kind intentions towards us. Therefore, we must be careful on who we trust.

Fifthly, this book has so much unexpected twists that will put you in shock! In a world where everyone craves power to rule others, it will shock you that the most unexpected people has been the evil ones all along. Moreover, it showed that we can never escape from fate. As fate is beyond our power to run away from.

“We can’t any of us out-fly fate”.

Lastly, I enjoyed all the characters as they are all unique and interesting at the same time. I adore the main character, Adaryn, eventhough she isn’t perfect but she does her best to be the responsible leader.

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book for review!

Overall, it was such an amazing read! I highly recommend it, to readers who loves to read young adult dark fantasy books.

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood.

That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?

My rating: 4/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, I think the book cover is really unique and show that it will contain with regards to Nigerian myths and fantasy!

Secondly, I really enjoyed the writing it was really good. Raybearer is an amazing debut. I can’t wait to read more from this series.

Thirdly, this book showed the importance of our choices. Every choice has a consequence, hence, we must be smart in making them. It also wrote about finding our identity and purpose in life.

Lastly, it was a fast paced read and I enjoyed the characters. Each of the characters are unique in their own way and making it such an interesting read!

Overall, it was a good read! I highly recommend it, to readers who loves to read young adult fantasy books.

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Synopsis:

An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here.

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

My rating: 5/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, honestly when I saw it I felt that the book cover was too simple and was not interesting. However, it was not until I gave a detailed look once I was reading it did I notice that it is unique yet very simple. The leaves are also actually really detailed!

Secondly, this book is such an amazing beauty and the beast retelling. This book has no flaws for me! I am so very grateful to be receiving this book from #Pansing @definitelybooks. The writing was such a gripping read that I managed to finish reading it within a day!

Thirdly, the plot was amazing and well-written. It was incredible to read the journey and bond that grew between the main characters Rhen, Harper and Grey!

Fourthly, the characters are all really interesting including the minor characters! The main characters Rhen, Harper and Grey are just utterly likeable, even though, they are imperfect as no one is perfect. The author also managed to write a good description of people with cerebral palsy in relation to Harper.

Fifthly, the book showed importance of being responsible of the duty you have as a leader for a country and the people. Also, there was a LGBT representation between the minor characters in the book.

Lastly, the ending was beautiful and shocking at the same time. It impacted differently for each characters. It makes me anticipate to read the sequel! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this book is amazing!

Below are some quotes that I like from the book,

I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.

Failure isn’t absolute.

The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices non

Failure isn’t absolute, just because you couldn’t save everyone doesn’t mean you didn’t save anyone.

Overall, it was an amazing read! I highly recommend it, to every readers out there!

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on Havenfall by Sara Holland

Synopsis:

A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .

My rating: 4/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, I think the book cover is by far one of the most beautiful and creative book cover out there!

Secondly, I think the writing was amazing. The author wrote great descriptions of the world in Havenfall which makes you wish that it truly exists.

Thirdly, the main character Maddie is such an ambitious person. This is because, she wants to be the innkeeper of Havenfall that is for her to inherite the role from her beloved uncle. The minor characters are also equally interesting.

Lastly, Havenfall also had a representation of the LGBT community with regards to Maddie being bisexual. Which she has an interest to both male and female characters in the book.

However, I do feel that the book was slow paced and I hoped more from it. I hope this series will be expanding to be better and meet my expectations.

Overall, it was a good read! I highly recommend it, to readers who loves to read contemporary young adult fantasy books.

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on The Vanishing Trick by Jenni Spangler

Synopsis:

‘A thrilling, original, evocative and eerie tale – I adored it!’ Michelle Harrison, author of A Pinch of Magic

Step into a world of secrets, folklore and illusions, where nothing is as it seems and magic is at play…

Madame Augustina Pinchbeck, travels the country conjuring the spirits of dearly departed loved ones… for a price. Whilst her ability to contact ghosts is a game of smoke and mirrors, there is real magic behind her tricks too – if you know where to look.

Through a magical trade, she persuades children to part with precious objects, promising to use her powers to help them. But Pinchbeck is a deceiver, instead turning their items into enchanted Cabinets that bind the children to her and into which she can vanish and summon them at will.

When Pinchbeck captures orphan Leander, events are set into motion that see him and his new friends Charlotte and Felix, in a race against time to break Pinchbeck’s spell, before one of them vanishes forever…

#TheVanishingTrick

A historical adventure with a magical twist from an outstanding debut talent. Perfect for fans of Michelle Harrison, Sophie Anderson and Emma Carroll.

My rating: 4/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, the book cover is really scary. It scares me to see three young children to be seen trapped in the mirrors. However, even by looking at the cover solely I knew that this book is going to be a fun read.

Secondly, this book has a good writing. It was an easy read and I was able to read it smoothly like how water flows.

Thirdly, the plot was gripping as I wanted to know the faith of the children which are Leander, Charlotte and Felix! They were trapped by the scary villain, Madame Augustina Pinchbeck. The children needed to free themselves from being vanished forever. This kind of reminds me of the book and animation movie, Coraline.

Lastly, the ending of the book did not dissappoint me and it was a good read. Also, this book is set in the old victorian times.

Overall, it was a magical read! I highly recommend it, to readers who loves to read middle gred genre books!

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️